Year 8 and 9 Class Mentors
All Year 8 and Year 9 classes have a mentor assigned to them. The mentor is a senior school pupil who has expressed an interest in helping the younger pupils. The mentors help out in form class - assisting the pupils to record their attendance, encouraging the pupils to join extra curricular activities and answering questions the pupils might have about any aspect of school life. Individual pupil mentors are employed where appropriate.
Peer Learning Mentors
Key Stage 4 pupils benefit from peer learning mentors. Senior school pupils provide specific academic support and guidance on exam subjects to GCSE pupils. The pupils respond well to having a positive male role model and relationships between pupils and mentors are positive. Issues addressed can range from managing school work to how to make new friends.
In addition, Boys’ Model operates a very successful mentoring programme, which reaches out into the local primary schools. Over 10 feeder schools benefit from having a senior school pupil working with the P7 pupils who are transferring to the Belfast Boys’ Model School. These mentors go through extensive training before going out to the primary schools and are well equipped to talk to the boys about the transition from primary to secondary school. Topics covered include how to read a timetable, transport to and from school, new subjects and clubs and societies. Once the P7 pupils start in September they meet up with their mentor. This is very beneficial in helping new pupils to settle in quickly.
A range of local and national businesses provide support to BBMS pupils through the business mentor programme. Business mentors support educational visits, facilitate work shadowing, provide curriculum subject support for vocational qualifications, as well as providing pastoral mentoring for our pupils.
Belfast Boys' Model School is primarily partnered with Belfast International Airport (BIA). This is a mutually beneficial relationship. BIA staff provide a range of enriching experiences to Boys' Model pupils including educational visits, expert advice and support to curriculum subject areas, support with careers events including work experience, assessment centres and mock interviews; as well as pastoral mentoring.